Like it or not, we live in a global, interconnected world these days. What happens in Asia can have repercussions in North America. Slowly, but surely, products are being adapted to suit a range of consumer tastes, and automobiles aren’t excluded.
But, for as much as the western world loves and adores coupes, the east isn’t as much of a fan. Unfortunately, China resides on the eastern side of things, and its citizens don’t hold the admiration for coupes like we do. Much of that stems from being chauffeured around in the back seats. Coupes aren’t very good for that.
That’s why the Buick Avista concept likely faces a few hurdles to make it to production. It’s 2+2 configuration doesn’t lend itself in the slightest for the Chinese market, which is also Buick’s largest market.
Though, there is hope. Us Yanks would be delighted to see the Avista reach production as a halo performance model for the brand. Europeans would likely feel the same over an Opel sports coupe. And, most of all, our Aussie friends yearn for rear-wheel drive after Zeta and the Holden Commodore dies (maybe).
That volume could be enough to justify production of the Alpha based, 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 coupe for Buick. Hell, it’s design already looks ready to transcend badges. This could be GM badge engineering in the greatest way possible.
Sadly, it may not be enough to sway the GM bean counters. We can only hope to see something like this grace Buick’s portfolio.
Because what better way to shed its frumpy image than with a youthful, elegant sport coupe?